National Geographic Recognizes NOLS Grad for “Biggest Free Solo of the Year”

Posted by Brooke Ortel on April 2, 2019 12:22:59 PM MDT

Photo by Oscar Manguy.

On March 21, 2019, NOLS grad Jim Reynolds completed an unprecedented free solo climb up—and down—Cerro Fitz Roy, an iconic Patagonian peak. A Wilderness EMT and member of Yosemite Search and Rescue, Reynolds ascended without ropes or safety equipment, then made the unusual decision to climb back down in the same fashion.


Riding into the Heart of Patagonia

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 7, 2018 10:36:08 AM MDT

For the past two decades, former NOLS instructor Nancy Pfeiffer has explored the Patagonian wilderness on horseback. But her recent book, Riding into the Heart of Patagonia, isn’t just about riding solo in the backcountry—it’s about the people she met along the way, and the things she learned from them.


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